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Listen here to Prince Perez's new album P R I N C E

Amanda Giordano

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Why did you make this album?

This album was more about me accepting who I was as an artist and embracing what I do musically. I wanted to paint a picture of love and lust and everything in between. I wanted to speak on relationships. 

What inspired the title 'P R I N C E'?

I chose this title as my debut album because I really wanted to punctuate who I am as an artist. I wanted to come out guns blazing and let the world know who exactly I am and what they can expect to hear from me. 

If you could do remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?

Wow, this one is hard lol. Um, I think I would either go with carousel and get somebody like  quavo and maybe Travis Scott or body and grab trey songz and Chris brown. I think that would put those songs over the top. 

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Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc

Besides the features on this album helping me mold and shape my album, I have to give a huge shoutout to Jowabbie my engineer and the head honcho of the label WHPH. He really helped bring my vision to the forefront and push me creatively. I have to give credit to my all of my Street Pavers brothers and def my iAm family. Without them in my corner, without them pushing me I don’t think this album comes out. 

What is your favorite track? Why?

My favorite track? Ahhh man. I don’t have one specific song I could pinpoint is my favorite because I love every song on this album. But if I do have to pick just one it would probably be Over You. 

What is your goal as an artist?

I want people to have fun. I want people to dance or make love or feel some type of emotion when they listen to me. I want my music to be relatable to the feelings and emotions everyone feels on a daily basis. I believe if one of my songs can touch someone positively and get them through a tough time, I truly believe I’ve done what God has put me on this earth to do. 

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When did you know you wanted to make music?

I knew I wanted to make music when I was about 8. I had a cassette tape Walkman and I would sing every song from Prince to blackstreet to jodeci. I wouldn’t stop singing I loved music. I just knew this is what I wanted to do. 

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?

My dream is to be able to sustain my family and friends doing what I love the most. I want to travel the world and do shows for people who just want to rock out and have a good time. Not care about the troubles the world brings for maybe an hour. Let loose and just be free. 

Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more

I believe every gets stereotyped. Me? Yeah I’m always stereotyped lol. He’s light skin so he’s a “player”. He’s a pretty boy so he’s “soft”. I can go on, lol, but I’ll just leave that there. 

Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

That “he’s light skin so he’s a player” I broke that one lol. My fiancé can attest to that because that’s what she thought when she first met me. 

Some last words 

Enjoy life while you have life and stop seeking validation from a world that is quick to overlook you. Growing up I spent so much time worrying about what others thought and wanting to fit in and be accepted. I’ve grown to learn to accept myself and that people are puzzle pieces you’ll only fit in if they connect to you. Be you above all else and if they don’t like you for you then f*** them!

Respect the Shooter Interview with Wilmer Martinez

Amanda Giordano

Wilmer Martinez

Wilmer Martinez

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in New York City and in the Dominican Republic. It was a bit difficult since I would have to keep switching schools every year until I entered High School.

How did you get into photography/videography?

i’ve always liked taking photos on my phone but never had a real DSLR camera until about 1 and a half years ago. Even looking back at the mobile shots I would take, I always felt that I had a bit of understand of what a “photo” should look like. Growing up I admire people who were good at taking photographs and could navigate the menus of their camera like the back of their hands. One of those people was my Uncle. He had a knack for taking landscapes and street photos with is Canon AE-1 Film camera.
Right before he passed away, it was given to me as a gift and I’ve kept it ever since as a reminder to never stop exploring and to keep being creative when it comes to taking photos.

What did you first use to take photos?

I first started with my iPhone 6, but eventually I saved enough money to buy my first DSLR camera which is the Canon t6i. I’ve been using this camera for about a year and a half now and I truly love everything about it. Like everything in life it has its pros and cons, but once you learn proper composition and exposure, you would then be able to use the cameras to it’s best capabilities.

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Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?

I have a technical background and went to school for computer science. A lot of my photography training/knowledge is all self taught. I like to practice what I study and sort of go at my own pace. I use a lot of reference videos from youtube and look at online courses such as Lynda. 

Practicing different techniques at different hours of the day is a huge part of my training. I set goals and challenges for myself each time I go out shooting. Example for one day I may only look for a specific shape, color, pattern and only shoot that for the entire day. Some days I challenge myself to shoot in the day time which is out of my comfort zone.

Do you have any nicknames?  How did you get that name?

As of recently my friends have started to call me the "Cyberpunk Kid", since most of my inspiration comes from Cyberpunk films, books, and art work. I’m forever building reference boards on Pinterest, so they always catch me looking at Cyberpunk images.

If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be?

- Harrison Ford

- Ryan Gosling 

- Ana De Armas

These are the cast members to my favorite film Blade Runner 2049. Everything about that film is perfect to me. The story line, the music, and the cinematography are all masterpieces. 


If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?

-Chris Farley

Growing up I used to watch a lot of films by Chris Farley and his SNL skits are something you could never truly forget. If I could have photographed him as the lunch lady, I would have been happy for the rest of my life.

- Satoshi Kon
Satoshi Kon is the creator of one of my most favorite animated movies called Paprika. It’s visually stunning and the story is very thought provoking.

-Steve Jobs

Who wouldn’t want to take photograph of Steve Jobs?

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@muah_lay

If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?

- Guangzhou, China

- Macau, China

- Kobe, Japan

These 3 cities are what my childhood dreams are all about. Busy streets, Neon heaven, and tall buildings. I would be most excited to take photos in Kobe since it was the inspiration behind Ghost in the Shell.

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

My main goal is to make sure that the person is completely comfortable and relaxed. Secondly I aim to capture something that has a fantasy element but that can at the same time be very realistic. 

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

I mainly listen to Vaporwave, Synthwave, Lo-fi, and chill step when I am editing or trying to think of new concepts that would work well with my photos.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

That’s a tough one. Lightroom Mobile would be my favorite app…but my most used is Instagram and Reddit lol.

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What is your dream as a photographer?

To be able to travel and take the types of photos I love around the world. Continue to collaborate with amazing artist from all walks of life.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer?

Don’t pay too much attention to the negative comments/remarks people may say to you when you first start out. As you continue to practice, with time you will improve and you will find your own style. Don’t let ANYONE ever tell you that the photos you take is not real photography. What I love most about photography is that, YOU can bring YOUR vision to life. Wether it be fantasy or reality.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

instagram.com/wilmer.lens

Respect the Producer Interview with MoneOnDaBeat

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get your name?

I got my name in High School. My full name is Ramone, so if you remove the Ra, your left with Mone. I also was a ladies man so the ladies gave my name a sexual vibe so I ran with it MoneOnDaBeat. Thats also how I came up with my tag line


How did you get into Producing?
My whole family was entertainers and my grandfather was a legendary artist in Jamaica. So, the music runs in my blood. I pretty much grew up in music and decided that production was the way to go. My father taught me how to use the drum machine when I was 16 and it was a wrap from that point on.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

To advance my skills I started a band. Doing that gave me the access to many musicisians to learn from and that made my senses sharp when building beats.


What did your first set up look like?

My first setup was the mpc 2000 and a Roland XR fantom rack.


What does your current set up look like?

My current setup is a laptop, midi controller and Maschine studio.


If you could produce for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?

Tupac

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What is your goal when you create?

When I produce, my goal is to bring good feel good vibes.


What's your go-to song right now?

Maxi Presist and Shabba- House Call


What is your dream as a Producer?
I will be the biggest producer in the work with over 10 billboard chart toppers and live on there for 33+ weeks

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a Producer?

Never stop and have faith.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

IG/FB:@MoneOnDaBeat

Website: www.moneondabeat.com

GREG CLOSE / CLOSE ENCOUNTERS SOLO ALBUM DEBUT INTERVIEW

Amanda Giordano

Why did you make this album?

"I made Close Encounters to finally have some product for people to hear. People would catch me doing shows and ask for my music and I didn't have anything, so I started working on my own album."

What inspired the title 'Close Encounters'?

"The name Close Encounters was just something I was thinking when I was brainstorming ideas for album names. My names Greg Close and the more I thought about the name it worked perfect. Things just happen like that."

If you could do remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?

"If I could remix any song and have someone be a feature, it would be Molina. I would need a dope boom bap artist and seeing how Styles P's one of my favorites, I'd have to get him on there."

Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc

"I'm very happy about the people I had working with me on this album. Winna of Roxbury Sound did a lot of production and killed it. 5 of 10  tracks were produced by him.

Jon Glass of Glasshouse engineered 9 of the 10 song on the album and produced 2 beats. 

My homie Gable, aka Honeycomb engineering my intro, which was my first song I did coming back from cali.

Adrian Swish for hooking it up with a few beats.

And everyone of my friends and family that has been there in support, I couldn't ask for a better group of people on my journey."

What is your favorite track? Why?

"My favorite track on the album would have to be Buckscore. The track has a lot of energy and hidden bars in there."

What is your goal as an artist?

"My goal as an artist is to make good music, but I also have to play the role of the businessman. I have no end goal seeing how I always strive to reach new heights but I feel music will be something i do for life."

When did you know you wanted to make music?

"I use to sit and rap the words to the CDs I stole from my brother as a kid. At the time I didn't know I wanted this like i do now, but now that I look back I've been training for this my whole life."

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?

"My next step is to set up a tour around the country. I want to get this music exposed while I keep creating all this new music. By doing that I be closer to completing my next dream of world tour."

Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more

"Of course I've been stereotyped. I would imagine everyone has at some point, but mine being the obvious fact that I'm a white rapper."

Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

"A lot of people I know and still meet cant believe how far I've come, or that its me. This wasn’t ever a plan I just made music. I love to write, now that I show my music to people and see the face they make, I can tell they wouldn't think I could produce a product like this. But they love it."

What advice would you give to someone that is looking to pursuit their dreams?

"Don’t give up. There's plenty of times it won't work but when it does run with it. Let you music come from your heart and don’t loose yourself. There's no such thing as your best in a creative environment."

Adrianna Rivera is not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano

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Hi! My name is Adrianna. And I’m not like the other kids. 

I mean, I know that to be a fact. But for the past week or so, I struggled to find a word that describes why exactly I’m “not like the other kids”. 

Then it hit me. I'M A SURVIVOR. 

See, the thing is, for so long I would complain about my life. I remember being a small child and being angry at God because my life wasn’t likeany one I knew. I never met my father, my mother had a loose hand, and I seemed to never be able to finish an entire school year in just ONE school. I spent most of my life back and forth between my grandmother's  care and my mom’s. I’ve lived in shelters, been exposed to abusive caregivers, and learned what it felt like to go to bed hungry. I even lived out of a car with my mom for a bit. I was sexually assaulted as a child and felt like I was haunted for most of my life.. I couldn’t understand why, even with all the faith I had, I has to go through so much hurt. And I came to realize, I’m meant to be a survivor. I have survived childhood traumas, 6 years in the army and time in a warzone, and being a victim of bullying, even in adulthood! 

And so now, I’m honored to be who I am. I take my insecurities and wear them proudly. I do my best to give my children the life I never had. I advocate for body positivity, awareness of mental health, and rebuilding and preserving my culture. And I look at every day, every challenge, and every setback with a smile, because I know that I will survive that, too. 

KDHN - Euphoricon EP Interview

Amanda Giordano

Graphic design by Panini.

Graphic design by Panini.

Why did you make this album?

I wanted to create a project that represented all the music that I enjoy and grew up on. From classic R&B to Punk Rock. I wanted to blur the lines by not coloring in the lines when it came to genre. I wanted to tell my story through my own lens, introducing a perspective of growing up as a black kid from Staten Island.

What inspired the title 'Euphoricon?

Euphoricon was a word that I made up meaning a “Beautiful Lie”. What seems like paradise always has a price. Take America for example, ‘the land of the free’ isn't as free for everyone. We strive for perfection that isn't obtainable. Coping with placebos whether it be our phones, drugs, material or superficial things. Euphoricon became a city of my depression that I had to escape in order to save myself.  

If you could do remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?

Kid Cudi would have to be on my track ‘Hollows’ for sure!


Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc

I've been helped in many ways throughout the journey of this project. My friends who have helped produce this project, their experience of life that they describe to me. My own self reflection and the people that I have encountered also. My team LWA also, MANTRABLU, SENSEI, MARC R, Marc Adrien, RAVE all have produced Euphoricon. I was the only writer on the project besides rappers YF and Monk.  

Graphic design by Panini.

Graphic design by Panini.

 What is your favorite track? Why?

My favorite track would have to be Hollows. I was vulnerable with this song. I reflected my anger for the first time. I channeled my trauma and conviction. To me thats where I healed from my depression, the music.

What is your goal as an artist?

To reach someone. Simple as that. To save someone, change someone, inspire. I want to introduce ideas. Add to history and let people know that perfection lies in our individuality. We are ALL necessary and worthy of life.

When did you know you wanted to make music?

Since I was five Ive been making music and creating, but at 15 is when I started taking my poems to melodies. I was always shy with my art but I couldn't run from it. All my life music was there. When I was alone music was at the bedside. In the dark was always a melody. I just had to answer back. I wasn't brave enough to think it was obtainable. 

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more 

Being a black man is already an obstacle. The stigma of what genre we belong in is slowly but surely diminishing. Im not a traditional artist. I don't look slim and have a six pack. Im loud and sometimes clumsy. I have some stories and a pulse. Ive always been considered different, how I spoke, my interests and ideas. I was the kid who just did his own thing really. If I like it it didn't matter who had a say. I was always persistent.

  Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

That I'm just another artist who just wants to call myself an artist. I want to be taken serious and build a legacy of innovation and inspiration. I want to reflect the times with my artistry.

Some last words 

Theres a power in being yourself. Walk in it day by day.

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Taken by George Rivera, Make up by Moshoodat.

Cmazin - Road to Paradise 2 Interview

Amanda Giordano

Why did you make this album?

I made this album early last year while I was going through a break up with a woman I was with for 6 years. I decided to speak about the emotions I was going through and release my stress through my music. I felt that if I gave up on myself I would never see paradise. 

What inspired the title 'Road to Paradise 2'?

The Word “Paradise” is what inspired me. Paradise to me is a place where happiness lives. Where people spread positivity where land is your biggest appreciation. Therefore I’m On The Road to happiness. 

If you could do remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?
If I could remix one song on my album it would be “Wrongs”. I would want to do a dancehall remix version of it and would have Tory lanez and fabulous feature on it. Tory brings a great sound and content to remix songs so def him. Fabulous is just fab lowkey the king of features so def would have my boy come lay down a fire verse. 

Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc
First I want to say shoutout to my ex she helped make this album by putting me through what she put me through. I want to thank DevoRaw for producing Three songs on this project ( I gotta Vent , On The Road , Put you on) DevoRaw Has the hottest beats out now and helped bring a lot to this project. I also want to send a big thank you to real job Hason for engineering the album. He made everything sound professional to the best it can be. RealJobStudios the best studio Out In Staten Island. I also want to thank My Manager MikeLoco for the support behind the tape regarding legal work , promotion , marketing , etc. MikeLoco helped with everything I needed for the album appreciate him. 

What is your favorite track? Why?

My favorite track on the tape is “Wrongs” for a couple reasons. Wrongs is such a powerful song. I always felt like I wasn’t good enough to the female I was dating. Till I realize that Im great myself I should love myself more then I would act like I did. I realize that every other guy was basic to me why would this woman look else where. I became so curious , was I writing my wrongs with this woman or was I wasting my time on someone who might not love me as much as I do. That’s how that song came about. 

What is your goal as an artist?

I got three goals.

1. Buy my momma a beautiful crib pay off anything she needs me to pay off and give her the world  

2. I want to donate millions of dollars to charities 

3. I want to break every record people think I can’t break and be the best I can be so I can leave a legacy for my kids to look up to. 

When did you know you wanted to make music?

I discover the art of music when I came across the legend “Micheal Jackson” I loved the swag that man had on stage. He was unstoppable, very creative , and a smooth criminal. His song writing skills his moves his power of an artist is what inspired me every single day to become a singer and follow my dreams. 

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more

I don’t have any dreams I live everything I use to dream about. Now this dream is reality everyday for me. 

Some last words : I want to say shoutout to stereotype for always showing love and being a great brand love you guys. Shoutout to all my supporters I love every single one of y’all. Thank you to everyone who helped on this project. I got more music on the way look out for new videos , new interview , more shows. We working everyday to be the best never stop following your dreams. Never give up. Love yourself and you will see how far you get. Cmazin World

Eddy I. uploadED Interview

Amanda Giordano

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taken by Darnell Edwards (aka 5pm)

Why did you make this album?

Well, this album is very focused on Emotion. I've learned a lot about people growing up. Being so disconnected from everything because I didn't have much of a social life or any friends kinda helped me in a way. Helped me see everyone with an unbiased view and I saw lots of similarities in people that wouldn't normally be involved with one another. 

for example, a "cool kid" and a "nerd" wouldn't chill together cause their worlds and lives are so different, they feel like they wouldn't have anything in common. I saw happiness, pain, struggle, and everything else that a person growing up would have to see. From all sides.

What inspired the title 'uploadED'?

The title "UploadED" was more of a play on words than anything. I had struggled for a while with what I should title the album but it eventually came down to "what would make the most sense right now?"

So I kinda figured, EVERYONE is on the internet. EVERYONE knows what 'uploading' is. They do it every day. Every couple of minutes. So the meaning is just sharing information. Pieces of me. My emotions, my experiences, my mantras. Hence the "-ED" part. All in all, I wanted to make the whole sharing aspect easy for everyone to understand. 

If you could do remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?

oh hell yeah Coupe, easy. the feature is kinda hard to pick but i'm gonna go weird and say either Amine or Blackbear. I feel like they would kill it.

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taken by Huy Nguyen 

Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc
J. Glaze, Elaine Kristal, Tyrone Briggs, Remark, and Cossy. They really made this album shine, man. Super grateful for them. As far as direct inspirations, there's a HUGE list but I'm going to try and shorten it as much as possible: 

ONE. My mother. She's my best friend, and I mention her a couple of times in this album and will continue to do so for a long time lmao. She's my rock and she always keeps my head on straight whenever I'm about to drive myself crazy. 

TWO. My favorite uncle. He's the reason I am the man I am today and I truly believe I owe him. I wouldn't have ever considered touching a microphone, a video game controller, or anything I've been addicted to my whole life if not for his influence. 

THREE. Ducky. You'll hear about her on the album. She's the love of my life, and the story you'll hear when listening to UploadED is about a good portion of my experiences with her. She's helped me grow, and I thank her for everything she's done for me. I'll never forget it.

FOUR. Mi Tia Dora, may she rest in peace. She's such a beautiful soul that has always been there for me. Most definitely one of my sweetest family members. A weirdo like me, and always made me feel loved even when I was going through a lot of internal conflict. I dedicated this album to her life. I love you, Tia Dora.

I'll just leave it at four names for now, but the rest of you know I love you. I just don't wanna make this a TL;DR moment LOL

What is your favorite track? Why?

I have 2 favorite songs. Lost is my personal favorite and Coupe is my favorite song to listen to. Lost brings me to a point of realization. It talks about me dealing with loss, being vulerable, and wanting to be better. I feel like that song also just SOUNDS good, yknow? Message aside, I think just sonically, it's a good song which kinda captures exactly what I want to be able to do with my music. I want to be able to make songs that mean something, but at the same time you can repeat it. I hate listening to a song that has such a powerful meaning, but is only entertaining enough for ONE play. So yeah, Lost.

Coupe though, is just SO LIT lmfao. I've never had so much fun working on a song before Coupe. It's that self-confidence anthem I needed for myself. I made the song around the time I was freshly-single. I was rolling around in my first car, a 2000 Honda Civic EX. Yeah, a coupe haha. Girls were on me, I had a good time, shit was looking good. (excuse my language, I was doing so well.) I just wanted to capture the feel of a time when I loved myself the most, and was happy with who I was. As you can tell, it was pretty turnt.

When did you know you wanted to make music?

My family loves music. There wasn't a day we wouldn't have music blasting in the house. I used to have Biggie and Eminem playing off of my mom's old ipod, and my uncle would be making beats back when FL Studio was Fruity Loops. After hearing all the beats, I just wanted to rap to them. I was trash back then so let's just move on.

What is your goal as an artist?

TO BLOW UP AND THEN ACT LIKE I DON'T KNOW NOBODY HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

okay just kidding. 

I want to spread love, man. I wanna be that one kid from that one place people never heard of and make history. I want to change the world. I know these are all big vague things, but I want to do it all. Staten Island needs a new breath of life, and I truly believe I can make that happen. I just need help.

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taken by Mike Shane

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream? 

I want to get my mom outta here. She wants to be closer to the rest of the family, so I want to take her wherever she wants to go, and I want to make sure she doesn't ever have to work again. Same thing with my uncle, and my whole family. 

I want to get all of my closest friends together and build a team. I don't want anyone I love to have to deal with a deadend job. I want us to live our dreams. I want us to be happy. So we ain't done until that happens. 


Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more

Hell yeah. My whole life. Being different. Being weird. It put me in a box, y'know? I wasn't popular, so naturally when I told people I wanted to grow up to be a rich and famous rapper, they'd write me off cause no one liked me enough to think it was possible. I was that outsider.

Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

THE WORLD. I'm not stopping until I've reached everyone. The people WILL know about The Stat. The people WILL know about Team Salsa. They WILL know about Eddy I. As long as I'm still here on Earth, breathing. I will do everything I can in my power to show people what they've been missing this whole time.

What's next for Eddy I? 

My first album, UploadED is out now on all digital platforms. I worked for 5 years to put together a project that I'm truly proud of and I hope you all like it. This album means the world to me. I love you all, and I promise you the world is going to know about us. The Stat. Forever. #TeamSalsa

PraiseOne - My Brain EP Interview

Amanda Giordano

Why did you make this album?

Well for starters I made this EP to give everyone a taste of what goes through my brain from violence to pain to suicidal thoughts to life and tribulations that I have faced this EP has a Horrorcore/Shock Rap/Battle Rap sound but you do get songs on there like Bothered All The Time, Never Gonna Change, Mad World, F@#$ You All to vent on certain situations 

What inspired the title 'My Brain EP'?

I wanted the title to speak for its self back in 2015 my very first song that I recorded which is on this EP basically opened up the whole concept to take people into my brain and let them see what goes on inside of it because I always felt very misunderstood because I was always judged so I kind of wanted to fire it back 


If you could do remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?

It'd probably be the intro song to the EP Constantine I'd probably make it a whole posse cut remix and get a bunch of really dope rappers on it or get Eminem on the record because that song gets compared heavily to old school 1997/1999 Eminem so if he came with that sound based on how the song is it'd be perfect 


Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc

I wrote every song acapella at first then I met my two older brothers Deverano & Don OD and they produced 8 out of the 10 songs the song Pessimist was produced by my bro Joe Joe Beats for those of you who don't know Joe Joe has produced 9 songs for Dave East and his song The Hated made it to the latest UFC game so shout out to him!!!!!! 

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What is your favorite track? Why?

My personal favorites are Constantine, Never Gonna Change & Where Is The Money Constantine gives you that old school horrorcore boom bap feel where I go in with 100 bars Never Gonna Change basically tells people to go $!#@ themselves that have judged me for my music, Where Is The Money is basically the banger of the EP which I wrote in a very dark time in my life 


What is your goal as an artist?

My goal is to be one of the greatest hip hop artists of all time I want to be that rapper that puts out such an undeniable album that it goes down in hip hop history as one of the best albums ever 


When did you know you wanted to make music?

I was introduced to hip hop in the 3rd grade and I started writing in the 5th grade to put myself in a little world to get away from all the tribulations at home I knew I wanted to keep doing it when I realized that I can put words together and say whatever I want rather it would piss the world off or not 

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What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more

I haven't really accomplished any of my dreams fully yet but the past few years I have done a lot of things me and Don OD have gotten on the Underground Hustlin compilation mixtape that King Gordy and Bizarre (LARS) (Bizarre is also from D12) are hosting and our collaboration track 4MeNMinez Bizarre introduced it and shouted us both out also I was on IBattle and Beast Mode and I got on 3 ULUE cyphers not to mention the shows my team has been throwing for a whole year we have another one coming up October 13th at Mother Pugs Saloon 1371 forest Ave Staten Island New York and me and Don OD are opening up for Twiztid October 14th in Syracuse 

To tell you the truth no but I will say this I have been judged for my music with people saying it's not radio ready and it's not relatable and how it's too "negative" and how I shouldn't vent or spit punchlines but instead do turn up music because that's the popular trend and there were certain shows where people didn't really show interest into what I was saying because of the dark content it has 

Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

When I was in high school I was always made fun of by everyone for rapping being called a chunky white kid that thinks he's Eminem I started battling and jumping into cyphers trying to earn the respect as an M.C and I guess as time progressed people have some what taken it more seriously but there is still controversy surrounding me due to the lyrical content of my music which I'm expecting more of when I drop this EP I have silenced a lot of people in battling but I feel like I haven't fully earned the respect yet

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Interview with Paul Marz - Death of a Star, Rise of a Titan

Amanda Giordano

Why did you make this album?

As an artist, I'm always on journey to learn more. When I create a project, my goal is to discover more about myself in order to share those discoveries and schools of thought with others. I created this album to share what I have learned about life, finding yourself and the game in general with fellow artists, friends and fans. Also as a tool for inspiration to push forward through the face of adversity and attain your destiny.

What inspired the title 'Death of a Star Rise of a Titan'?

Death of a Star in this case is the death of your ego. Rise of a Titan is your end result when the "star" or "ego" dies. Often we see artists who love music and put their heart & soul into it when they start, only to get blinded by the bright lights and lose sight of their original goals and dreams. This occurs most often when artists start to see some money and fame. Those ego driven goals lead you on a path to death. It's either you kill the ego and rise, or follow it to your demise.  Coupled with this concept is contemplating actual death. Death of friends and family can be traumatizing. During the two years it took to create this album I attended 8 funerals. It wasn't part of the original concept, but as time went on, I saw those lost loved ones as "stars" on earth in my life, but now "titans" watching over us. So there are two sides to the album, on the surface I am addressing artists, dreamers etc. Encouraging them to hold steadfast to their goals & beliefs. Simultaneously, I address the hardships that come with losing loved ones. This is the inspiration behind the album.

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If you could do remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?
I think it would be cool to have Styles P on "Sleep Paralysis" & have him tell his own ghost story. 

Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc

There are a number of people I am very grateful to that helped make this project possible. 

Major shout to J. Glaze, this album wouldn't be possible without him. The guy is a master of translating ideas into sounds.

Dave Noodlez, the most supportive person I've ever met. Besides helping on all levels of management, that's the guy I would send the tracks to right after I finished them for feedback. His constructive criticism helped me bring the project up to its full potential.

What is your favorite track? Why?
My favorite track is the final track "Rise of a Titan". It's my favorite because I feel like I was able to accurately sum up how I felt in conclusion after looking back on the album. Also, I feel the same excitement every time I perform it live.


What is your goal as an artist?

At this point in my career, my goal as an artist is to really build a solid foundation in my community that will continue to harbor and cultivate the skills of other young artists. When I started, I had a long list of goals. I have checked many of those things off my list. It gives me great joy to show other artists the way to cross items off their lists quicker.

When did you know you wanted to make music?

I think by the time I was about 17 or 18, I was pretty sure that I could do this.

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What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more

My next dream is to write a book. I have a grand idea, but won't be revealing it just yet.

Certainly not a stranger to being stereotyped. It's something I'm beyond used to, that's why I wear that logo everyday. I could probably write another book just about that.


Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

The Coptic Egyptian community is a small tight nit community, you're supposed to be either a Dr., Lawyer, Pharmacist etc. or you're exiled. EVERYONE told me I would fail if I pursued music. People in the community would pull me to the side and ask me "What are you doing with your life? You have to do something serious." It was very difficult to gain the courage to break that mold and pursue my passion rather than taking the stereotypical route because I was pressured into it. I didn't want to live with the regret of not pursuing my dreams. Looking back, I'm glad I made the right choice.